Report dubs 5 state areas 'too wild to drill'

Two areas in western Colorado are among 17 across the West dubbed “too wild to drill” in a report released on Wednesday by the environmental group The Wilderness Society.

The Roan Plateau and another area that includes part of the White River National Forest called Clear Fork Divide were included in the report, which also lists well-known natural spots considered for oil and gas drilling, including Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Wyoming’s Red Desert. Five of the 17 places identified in the report are in Colorado.

The “Too Wild to Drill” report warns that city watersheds, wildlife habitat, roadless lands and potential wilderness areas are being threatened as the region experiences a surge in energy production. It criticizes the Bush administration for the pace and scale of energy development and its impacts on remote areas.

Click here to read the story in the Aspen Daily News.

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